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An Introduction to Danish Ceramics and Potters II

L.Hjorts Terracotta Factory, Roenne, Bornholm
(a small island in the Baltic Sea)

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HjorthThe potter Lautitz Adolph Hjorth (1831-1912) started out making water-coolers, flowerpots and milk-jugs. From 1862 he solely made vases and figurines in terracotta. Those models of antique and old Norse vases were the latest fashion at the time, and his products were sold worldwide. Hjorths Terracotta was abundantly represented at the World Exhibitions. Around 1900 the Jugendstyle made it's entry at Hjorth's, represented mainly by a black burned terracotta. Production was strongly inspired by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen whose statuettes were manufactered at the factory.

HjorthLauritz Hjorth two sons, Peter Christian Hjorth (1873-1959) and Hans Adolph Hjorth (1878-1966) took over the production in 1912. Hans Hjorth produced the factory's first stoneware in 1902 and received several international distinctions, notably 1910, 1913 & 1915 (San Francisco) and 1929 (Barcelona) for his outstanding production. From 1913-1940 much of the stoneware was decorated by his Thora Margrethe Hjorth (1875-1970).

Ulla Gahrn

In the past several artists were connected to the factory:

  • Holger Drachmann (painter and poet 1846-1908)
  • Kristian Zahrtmann (painter 1888-1968)
  • Gertrud Kudielka (1896-1984)
  • Adam Fischer (1888-1968)
  • Lisbeth Munch-Petersen (daughter of Hans Hjorth 1909-97)
  • Ursula Munch-Petersen (grand daughter 1937-)
  • Jane Reumert (1942-)
  • Ulla Gahrn (1937-) and maney others

The factory closed in 1993, but reopened in 1995 as a working museum.

Part 1 > Jens Michael Andersen
Part 2 > L.Hjorts Terracotta Factory, Roenne, Bornholm
Part 3 > Soeholm, Roenne on Bornholm
Part 4 > P. Ipsens Enke, Copenhagen
Part 5 > Kongstrands Pottery, Esberg
Part 6 > Potteries and Potters around Horsens
Part 7 > - The Turn of the Century

Article kindly supplied by Tove Jespersen Klitgaarden Antique & Ceramics, Denmark. www.Klitgaarden.net e-mail: Klitgaarden@tdcadsl.dk

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